John Maguire

John Maguire

Film: Gripping portrayal of a family on the edge

Film: Gripping portrayal of a family on the edge

First conceived of two years ago and filmed last year, Rosie might as well be broadcast live. Nothing has changed in the interim for those 10,000 people (4,000 of them children) who are without a home in Ireland

Film: Cooper and Gaga radiate Star quality

Film: Cooper and Gaga radiate Star quality

A Star Is Born is more than just a cash-grabbing remake or a rebooted throwback: it’s a passionate reminder of the grand ambition that movies are all about

A tale of late marital life with a twist

A tale of late marital life with a twist

Pryce is undeniably charismatic and entertainingly conceited, but 'The Wife' belongs to Close. She is as subtle and controlled here as she has ever been

Abrahamson pulls off a Little feat

Abrahamson pulls off a Little feat

The Little Stranger is a captivating Gothic mystery adapted from Sarah Waters’s acclaimed novel as a claustrophobic haunted house movie with a devious shudder in every scene

Asian romp is glossy but empty

Asian romp is glossy but empty

Crazy Rich Asians is the kind of movie that seems even worse in retrospect because, when you replay it in your mind, you realise the easy route it takes through a potentially complicated story

Famine drama looks to the West

Famine drama looks to the West

Black 47 doesn’t exploit the tragedy of the famine by relegating it to the background of a violent Western, but frames that horror in a way that resonates with the form in which it is being expressed.

Film: A love letter to life in the slow lane

Film: A love letter to life in the slow lane

Cold War (filmed once again in lustrous black and white) sets a decade-spanning saga of on again, off again love against the momentous backdrop of a bleak era in recent Polish history, the post-World War II absorption by the USSR

Lee digs deep to create a classic

Lee digs deep to create a classic

BlacKkKlansman is a funny, furious telling of the true story of black police detective Ron Stallworth and his partner Flip Zimmerman investigating the local chapter of the KKK in Colorado Springs in the early 1970s

Vigilante follow-up fails to fire

Vigilante follow-up fails to fire

If the first Equalizer existed only to rapidly progress our unstoppable Good Samaritan though a hierarchy of disposable bad guys on his way to a grandstanding showdown, this more protracted edition is easily distracted and ludicrously contrived.

Swedish family satire with a sting

Swedish family satire with a sting

Under The Tree is a carefully delineated and brutally effective parable for our increasingly hostile and uncivil times

A superhero sequel without the sting

A superhero sequel without the sting

Ant-Man & The Wasp is an overlong, underpowered knockabout comedy in which anything goes and nothing matters. It’s not supposed to make sense, even by Marvel’s logical yardstick, it’s just supposed to be fun

A mission to thrill that delivers

A mission to thrill that delivers

You never know quite where you stand watching a Mission: Impossible film, but with Christopher McQuarrie’s sixth instalment, you know where you’ll sit: right on the edge of your seat.

Hotel thriller outstays its welcome

Hotel thriller outstays its welcome

What might have been a B-movie guilty pleasure instead feels like an arrangement of humdrum bits from other, better films

A fun but not incredible sequel

A fun but not incredible sequel

With Incredibles 2, writer and director Brad Bird has returned to deliver a sequel that doesn’t build on the first film so much as painstakingly remake it

An unconventional creature

An unconventional creature

Mary Shelley is an unconventional and inconsistent film, and Haifaa al-Mansour is an unconventional and inconsistent choice to direct it